Thursday, April 30, 2015

Posters: Avengers: Hulkbuster

Avengers: Hulkbuster Poster by John Aslarona

"Avengers: Hulkbuster" by John Aslarona

Posters: Avengers: Age of Ultron

Avengers: Age of Ultron by Tracie Ching

Avengers: Age of Ultron Posters by Tracie Ching

Posters: Avengers: Age of Ultron

With Avengers: Age of Ultron being released in theaters Friday, it feels like everyone and their brother is posting Avengers fan art online.  Daniel Kamarudin has set himself apart from the crowd, though, by putting his own otherworldly spin on the franchise's character design.  His version look like something out of a

Posters: Avengers: Age of Ultron

Avengers; The Age of Ultron by A.J. Frena

Posters: Avengers: Age of Ultron

Avengers - Age of Ultron by Lewis Dowsett

Posters: Avengers: Age of Ultron

Avengers: Age of Ultron by Matt Needle

Part of the Poster Posse’s Avengers: Age of Ultron Tribute.

Posters: Avengers: Age of Ultron

Avengers: Age of Ultron by Daniel Norris

Avengers: Age of Ultron Posters by Daniel Norris

Posters: Avengers: Age of Ultron

Avengers: Age pf Ultron by Marko Manev

Comic Round-Up: April 30, 2015

"Iron Man vs Hulk" by Chris Skinner

Event: Artists Jose Varese and Steve Lydic appear at Heroes Haven in Tampa, FL for a signing on Saturday May 23, 2015 from noon till 4:00 PM! RSVP on Facebook!

Event:  Writer Marguerite Bennett will appear at Midtown Comics Downtown in New York City on Thursday, May 21st at 6:30 PM for a signing of A-Force #1! They will also have a Midtown Comics Exclusive variant of the book! RSVP on Facebook!

Interview: Cece Bell, the author of El Deafo, talks about growing up deaf, going to a hearing school, and transforming her experiences into a graphic novel.

Interview: Kenichiro Shino looks at the growing popularity of digital manga apps in Japan. 

Interview: Novelist Sharon Shinn has scripted a graphic novel, The Painted Warrior, to be illustrated by Molly Ostertag of Strong Female Protagonist.

Interview:  Palestinian political cartoonist Mohammad Saba’aneh, who has managed to run afoul of both the Palestinian and Israeli authorities, talks about the importance and universal qualities of political cartoons on a recent visit to the United States

Interview: Scott Snyder discusses THAT Twist in Endgame

Link Round-Up: April 30, 2015

The Sandman - Dream by John Gallagher

"The Sandman - Dream" by John Gallagher

Animated wisdom from Ray Bradbury, God of Writing Teachers

The Art Of Tricking Normal People into enjoying nerdy entertainment

Check out io9’s comprehensive guide to Discworld!

Duolingo, the free user-contributed language-learning app, recently announced that they will soon be offering a course in Klingon for English Speakers.  Interested parties can sign up to be notified when the course becomes available.

Here’s why Ex Machina is Gone Girl with robots.

Muddy Colors talks mapmaking in fantasy, with special focus on the world of Alex Marshall’s A Crown for Cold Silver.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Music Video: Uptown Funk at the Library

"Unread Book" (Bruno Mars Uptown Funk Parody) by Ventucators

For National Library Week the crew at Pogona Creative and the Orange Public Library in association with Chapman University took the runaway hit by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars and gave it the book treatment.

Event: Independent Bookstore Day

Independent Bookstore Day in NYC

Independent Bookstore Day in NYC
Saturday, May 2, 2015

The first EVER! national holiday for indie bookstores, Independent Bookstore Day, is coming on May 2!  Over 20 New York City bookstores will be celebrating their first ever national holiday all day long on Saturday, May 2 with special activities, events, author visits, and lots of fun.  Get involved!
  • Check out what’s going on at NYC stores; see how many you can visit in one day!
  • Finish the day off right by coming out to the official Afterparty.
  • Get in touch! The coalition of NYC stores can be reached at
  • Share pictures, stories, and book stacks with #bookstoredaynyc and #bookstoreday, and we’ll be reposting you from here, all day! And follow us here.
  • Visit Participating NYC Stores! (duh.) 

Photography: Flying Cars

Flying Cars by Sylvain Viau

"Flying Cars" by Carentan, France-based Sylvain Viau

The idea of a floating vehicle, one that hovers above the ground rather than planted on its wheels, became something Viau experimented with photographically, using vehicles of varying model, color and year of production.

Photography: Air

Vincent Laforet’s series of cities photographed at night from a high-altitude helicopter has become a worldwide sensation.  From the heights, the cities look like Tron-style circuits.

Crafts: Medieval Loki Helmet

Medieval Loki Helmet by Azmal

"Medieval Loki Helmet" by Samuel Lee (Azmal)
Custom leather armor available for purchase from PrinceArmory.

Crafts: Asgardian Iron Man Helmet

Asgardian Iron Man Helmet by Azmal

Custom leather armor available for purchase from PrinceArmory.

What if Tony Stark were to fashion a suit of armor for Thor?  One leatherworker has imagined the possibilities, and the results are beautiful.

Posters: Labyrinth

Prints available for purchase from Hero Complex. US$40

Posters: The NeverEnding Story

The NeverEnding Story by Robrey

Possibly the best eighties movie ever, spoiled only by the fact that the book was so much superior.

Posters: Daredevil, Episode 1

Daredevil, Episode 1 by Ben Oliver

"Daredevil, Episode 1" by Ben Oliver

Posters: Daredevil

Daredevil by Orlando Arocena

"Daredevil" by Orlando Arocena

Posters: Devil of Hell’s Kitchen

The Devil of Hell’s Kitchen by Mark Kristensen

Posters: Daredevil

Posters: Daredevil

Daredevil International Street Promo Art

Created by London, UK-based Dan Norris
Daredevil International Street Promo Art

Posters: Daredevil

Daredevil by Diego Riselli

Fresh Take: Earth’s Mightiest Hipsters

"Earth’s Mightiest Hipsters" by Stephen Byrne

Finally, Hulk gets the suspenders he's so desperately wished for all these years.

Illustration: ASSEMBLE!

Mash-Up: Gundam Avengers

Gundam / Avengers Mash-Ups by 油屋とんび (Tonbi)

Pixiv member Tonbi has an ongoing series of chibi illustrations where he turns Marvel characters into Gundam mechs. He tries to match the Marvel characters with a Gundam’s name or characteristic. Hence we have the Wing Gundam Thor, the RX-0 Unicorn Hulk and the Turn A Captain America.

Mash-Up: Avengers as Immortals

Avengers as The Eight Immortals by Xia-a (Xia1205)

Chinese Illustrator and Weibo user Xia-a (xia1205), painted this awesome mash-up featuring the men and women of Marvel’s Avengers as the Eight Immortals from Chinese mythology.  The deities each have their own distinct magical instrument that they use on their mythical adventures.

Mash-Up: Gundam / X-Men

Gundam / X-Men Mash-Ups by 油屋とんび (Tonbi)

Humor: Widow Storage

Black Widow is basically the Bugs Bunny of the Marvel Universe.  Anytime she needs something, she just reaches behind her back and pulls it out.

Humor: Ironman and Batman

Ironman and Batman by Rick Martin

Sci-Fi Round-Up: April 29, 2015

Aliens by Patrick Brown

Interview: Adventures in Scifi Publishing interviews Jennifer Foehner Wells and Jodi McIsaac, author of Fluency and Thin Veil, respectively.

Interview: Amazing Stories interviews Shawn King, cover designer of SkinJumper.

Interview: Angela Slatter interviews Nicole Kornher-Stace, author of Archivist Wasp.

Interview: BBC interviews Sydney Padua, author of the steampunk graphic novel The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage.

Interview: Functional Nerds interviews Adam Christopher of The Machine Awakes.

Interview: The Functional Nerds interviews Ferrett Steinmetz, author of Flex.

Interview: Margrét Helgadóttir talks about The Stars Seem So Far Away.

Interview: The New Yorker profiles Gene Wolfe, author of The Borrowed Man.

News: Chinese researchers have genetically modified a human embryo, and if science fiction has taught us anything, it’s that we should expect the world’s first super villain to appear in about seventeen years, give or take one bad prom experience.

Comic Round-Up: April 29, 2015

The Infinity Gauntlet #3 by Dustin Weaver

Event: Free Comic Book Day is this Saturday!

Event: Noelle Stevenson will appears at Barnes & Noble in Huntington Beach, CA to sign Nimona on Thursday May 21, 2015 at 7:00 PM!

Event: Rafael Rosado, artist for the hit book “Giants Beware!,” will appear at Laughing Ogre Comics in Columbus, OH on Saturday, May 16, 2015 from 2:00 – 4:00 pm to promote the release of his newest book “Dragons Beware!” RSVP on Facebook!

Interview: 5 Questions With Kids Comic Authors: Kazu Kibuishi

Interview: Black Masculinity in Comic Books with Jonathan Gayles

Interview: Michael Rooker Talks Guardians Of Galaxy 2

Interview: Ninth Doctor Comics writer Cavan Scott talks with Who News

Interview: Stan Lee Puts the "Comic" in "Comic-Book Legend"

Interview: YA graphic novel This One Summer by Jillian and Mariko Tamaki was the first graphic novel to be named a Caldecott Honor Book

Link Round-Up: April 29, 2015

Did you now that the creator of Veronica Mars got his start on Space Ghost, Coast to Coast? Well, what else don’t you know?

Drive your loved ones insane by misquoting Disney movies and songs.  Love that last line.

So potentially hundreds of Joss Whedon spec scripts are out there, just waiting to strike?

Stephen Hawking uses the theory of multiverses to comfort One Direction fans.

What's My Starbucks Name is like a bad barrista simulator, showing all the ways they can get your name WRONG.  I recently read an interesting blog post from a young woman who claimed she didn't have time to think about personal matters at work, because she was too busy thinking up creative new spellings for her regular customers' names.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Posters: Fauna Mecanica

Fauna Mecanica (Mechanical Animals) by Argentina-based Diego Mazzeo

I've read that you can buy prints of Mazzeo's work at some Walmarts. I can't find a link, but I'm going to keep looking, but his stuff is consistently amazing.  If you know where to buy prints, drop a link in the comments below.  For now, you can buy "Artifact Puzzles" featuring the Mechanical Griffin from Amazon.

Posters: Japanese Robots

"Japanese Robots" Series by Shinji Kimura & Walter Pezzali
Limited edition prints available for purchase from Bottleneck Gallery. US$40

Posters: The Twilight Zone

"The Twilight Zone" by SHAG
Limited edition prints available for purchase April 29th from Dark Hall Mansion.

Posters: Get Sherlock

Get Sherlock by Justin Orr

Prints available for purchase from StoreEnvy. US$25

Posters: Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind by Kaz Oomori

"Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind" by Kaz Oomori
Prints available for purchase from Hero Complex. US$55

Posters: Grown Up Princess Mononoke

"Grown Up Princess Mononoke" by Stanley Lau (Artgerm)

Posters: Avengers: Age of Ultron

Posters: The Avengers

The Avengers by William Henry

"The Avengers" by William Henry
Prints available for purchase from the artist's website. US$20- $30

Illustration: Sansa Fan Art

The artist named Magdelena is an artist who creates amazing antique-looking Sansa fan art.  Check out her Deviant Art account, because there's a lot more where this came from, and it's all amazing.

Illustration: A Song of Ice and Fire

"This is a special piece I made for Hero Complex Gallery celebrating the new season of Game of Thrones!  Not sure when prints will drop online, but I’ll post when they do."


I became an inconditional fan of the “BARTKIRA” project. My tribute for the people behind it - Matias Bergara 2015

"I became an inconditional fan of the “BARTKIRA” project. My tribute for the people behind it."

Mash-Up: Hanna Barbera's Star Wars

"Hanna Barbera inspired Star Wars. I guess. I was watching Empire Strikes Back a few days ago and then there was twittering and someone said something and then I thought “Ooo! Yoda would be fun to draw like HB”. And he was. So I drew another…and another… and I should probably not even try to explain my thought processes. Hope you like."

Comic Round-Up: April 28, 2015

Days of Future Past #3 - Lockheed vs. Sentinel by Arthur Adams

Days of Future Past #3 (Lockheed vs. Sentinel) by Arthur Adams
I try not to post comic covers here, since you're likely going to see them
during the course of your weekly comic run anyway, but come on, this
is one of the most epic covers I've ever seen.  I need to go get a hard copy.

Event: Babs Tarr, Eisner-nominated artist of Batgirl, will appear at Hub Comics in Somerville, MA for a signing on Wednesday May 9, 2015 from 6:00 till 8:00 PM! If you can’t make it to this signing she’ll be back this summer for Boston Comic Con (July 31 – August 2). 

Event: Mike Hawthorne appears at Third Eye Comics in Annapolis, MD on Saturday, May 16th from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm to celebrate the DEATH OF DEADPOOL!  RSVP on Facebook!

Interview: Dark Horse CEO Mike Richardson and director of Asian marketing Michael Gombos talk about their kid’s books, including Avatar and Legend of Korra titles.

Interview: Scott McCloud talks about the tech stuff he uses in his everyday life.

Interview: Shoichi Tanazono was scared to go to school after being hit by a teacher in first grade, so he stayed away. When he was in junior high school, he met Akira Toriyama, who praised Tanazano’s work and told him he could be a manga creator even if he didn’t go to school—but it would be better if he did. Tanazano eventually studied art in vocational school and college and is now working on a manga about his childhood truancy.

Interview: Sushi and Beyond by Michael Booth is a foodie travel book about a trip to Japan has been adapted into an anime by Japan's NHK and into a manga.

Interview: Teenager Megan Meija talks about what it’s life to be the star of a comic book — in this case, a Medikidz comic that explains epilepsy, which Megan has had since 2013.

Link Round-Up: April 28, 2015

Color-corrected Man of Steel is still dark story-wise, but it’s also so bright!

Felicia Day reveals the cover for her memoir, You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost).

For those of you for whom summer vacation is but a distant dream, visit some of the forgotten corners of World of Warcraft!

Game of Thrones’ showrunners talk about why they decided to take Sansa Stark in a very different direction from the books. (Spoilers)  While you’re refreshing your memory on the show versus the books, check out this interactive Kingsroadmap, which returns you to the ground covered (literally) in each episode.

Ghibli Easter Egg supercut! (SLYT)

Here’s an appreciation of one of the few truly loving relationships on Game of Thrones.

"How the Whitney might just solve the impossible problem of contemporary art."

Why can’t all sci-fi be more like Ex Machina?  Seriously.  As the sci-fi genre grows increasingly popular the amount of pure crap increases proportionately.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Posters: Pixel Game of Thrones

Pixel Game of Thrones by Boo! Studio

"Pixel Game of Thrones" by Rio de Janeiro, Brazil-based Boo! Studio
Prints available for purchase from Society6. US$22

Posters: Winter is Coming

"Winter is Coming" by Antoine Corbineau
Limited edition prints available for purchase from Sergeantpaper.

Posters: The Wizard and the Demon

Star Wars: The Wizard and the Demon Created by Andrew Kwan

T-shirts available for purchase from Teepublic. US$20

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